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Jun 2, 2015

U.S. plan to cede Internet domain control on track-ICANN head

WASHINGTON, June 2 (Reuters) – A controversial Obama
administration plan to cede oversight of the non-profit that
manages the Internet’s infrastructure is on track to gain
government approval by next year’s presidential elections, the
organization’s chief said in an interview.

Some Republican lawmakers have raised concerns about the
plan to hand over the stewardship of the Internet Corporation
for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to a global
multi-stakeholder body, worried that it may allow other
countries to capture control.

May 29, 2015

Exclusive: FCC poised to side with Verizon, AT&T in airwaves spat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. telecoms regulators are leaning toward rejecting a T-Mobile U.S. Inc (TMUS.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) request that more airwaves be set aside for smaller wireless companies like itself to bid on during a government auction next year, according to people familiar with the matter.

Such a decision, which could be finalized in coming weeks, would end months of speculation and vigorous lobbying by the nation’s No. 4 cellular operator, which wants the Federal Communications Commission to further limit how much spectrum dominant U.S. carriers Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and AT&T Inc (T.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) can buy in the auction.

May 28, 2015

Exclusive: FCC leans against new limits for Verizon, AT&T in 2016 U.S. auction

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. telecoms regulators are leaning toward rejecting a T-Mobile US Inc (TMUS.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) request that more airwaves be set aside for smaller wireless companies like itself to bid on during a government auction next year, according to people familiar with the matter.

Such a decision, which could be finalized in coming weeks, would end months of speculation and vigorous lobbying by the nation’s No. 4 cellular operator, which wants the Federal Communications Commission to further limit how much spectrum dominant U.S. carriers Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and AT&T Inc (T.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) can buy in the auction.

May 27, 2015

FCC looks to crack down on robocalls, robotexts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top U.S. telecommunications
regulator wants to make it harder for telemarketers and other
businesses to place unwanted robocalls and text messages under
changes to autodialing rules proposed on Wednesday.

The Federal Communications Commission plans to vote on June
18 on the proposal, which would give legal cover to telephone
companies to offer consumers technologies that would block
robocalls, regardless of where they originate.

May 26, 2015

Charter’s Time Warner Cable bid faces $2 billion regulatory question

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Time Warner Cable, entering into talks to be acquired by Charter Communications Inc just a month after regulators killed a proposed takeover by Comcast Corp’s, was determined not to get burned a second time.

It won such an insurance policy on Tuesday, when Charter included as part of its $56 billion takeover agreement a pledge to pay Time Warner Cable a $2 billion breakup fee if the deal goes south. Comcast, by contrast, had made no such pledge and was able to walk away scot-free when its bid collapsed.

May 21, 2015

Easier regulatory review seen for Altice vs Charter in TWC deal

By Alina Selyukh and Malathi Nayak

(Reuters) – A potential bid by French telecom group Altice SA to buy U.S. cable company Time Warner Cable Inc would pass regulatory hurdles more easily than an offer pondered by cable rival Charter Communications Inc , according to analysts and experts.

Altice, controlled by French billionaire Patrick Drahi, on Wednesday agreed to buy regional U.S. cable company Suddenlink. It has also approached Time Warner Cable for a deal, according to people familiar with the talks.

May 21, 2015

Analysis – Easier regulatory review seen for Altice vs Charter in TWC deal

By Alina Selyukh and Malathi Nayak

(Reuters) – A potential bid by French telecom group Altice SA (ATCE.AS: Quote, Profile, Research) to buy U.S. cable company Time Warner Cable Inc (TWC.N: Quote, Profile, Research) would pass regulatory hurdles more easily than an offer pondered by cable rival Charter Communications Inc (CHTR.O: Quote, Profile, Research), according to analysts and experts.

Altice, controlled by French billionaire Patrick Drahi, on Wednesday agreed to buy regional U.S. cable company Suddenlink. It has also approached Time Warner Cable for a deal, according to people familiar with the talks.

May 13, 2015

Dish, Cogent specify demands for concessions in AT&T-DirecTV merger

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Dish Network Corp, Cogent
Communications Holdings Inc and advocacy groups are
asking U.S. regulators to restrict AT&T Inc’s power over
online video and other content as part of its proposed purchase
of DirecTV.

The group of critics of the pending $48.5 billion
acquisition met with a large team of officials at the Federal
Communications Commission, including the top merger reviewers,
on May 8 and laid out the most detailed yet demands for
potential conditions to the deal, disclosed in a filing on
Wednesday.

May 12, 2015

Verizon, Sprint to pay $158 million over unauthorized phone charges

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Verizon Communications Inc will pay $90 million and Sprint Corp will pay $68 million to settle U.S. government probes into unauthorized charges tacked onto their customers’ phone bills, federal agencies said on Tuesday.

The settlements are the latest in the government’s push against the practice known as cramming, in which mobile carriers bill customers for services they never requested such as daily horoscopes or trivia.

May 8, 2015

U.S. appeals court throws out FCC order on programming contracts

WASHINGTON, May 8 (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Friday
threw out the Federal Communications Commission’s order that
media companies should disclose their programming contracts with
pay-TV providers as part of regulators’ review of pending cable
and telecom mergers.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
Circuit ruled against the FCC, which last year asked various
content providers to disclose their contracts with cable and
satellite TV companies to help with the reviews of AT&T Inc’s
pending acquisition of DirecTV, and Comcast Corp’s
now-scuttled takeover of Time Warner Cable Inc
.

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      "Alina Selyukh is covering campaign finance this year. Starting as a journalist in her native town of Samara in Russia, she spent five years in Lincoln, Nebraska before moving to the East Coast to work for Reuters. A former intern and graduate trainee, Selyukh has covered energy, IPOs, healthcare policy and FDA."
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